31/07/2015

Toys from House of Fraser

We're soon having a family holiday so have been looking for family games we can take for everyone to play! We're also looking at travel sized games the monkeys can play, that are small, lightweight and easy to store. House of Fraser do a great range of toys including family games and some travel games too so we've been having a little test prior to our travels! 
Selection of Toys from House of Fraser
How cool to get all this for £30 in the House of Fraser Sale! Perfect, just what we were looking for.
Ludo
Traditional Ludo with a popular current twist, Disney Frozen Ludo is for age 4+ and for 2-4 players.
Snakes and Ladders
Our Snakes and Ladders got damaged so a replacement was needed and this Disney Frozen version is just the ticket. Again aimed at age 4+, this means little monkey can play! For 2-4 players it's perfect for us!
Connect 4
We love the full sized version of Connect 4, so this travel version will be ideal on holiday for killing time whilst the monkeys wait for the adults to get ready. Although for age 6+ little monkey loves it! This ones for 2 players.
Guess Who
Another favourite here, this is a relatively new game to the monkeys but they love it. As with Connect 4 it's for age 6+ and for 2 players.
Simon
Entirely new to the monkeys Simon is one I remember as a child. Electronic with sounds it's for age 8+. It came already fitted with batteries. Big monkey is trying to perfect his observation and memory skills! He is better than me!
Playing Sankes and Ladders
We're trying to stop big monkey from cheating when playing family board games and to teach little monkey it's OK not to win! Fun is had though playing Snakes and Ladders. The monkeys love it when the adults have to slide down the snakes! This version is well made and compact. The board comes folded in four.
Playing Ludo
Again, the Ludo board comes folded in four and with extensive play instructions. The monkeys had never played this before but soon grasped how it works.
Playing Simon
Big monkey is really enjoying trying to beat Simon! I have no hope! My skills are poor. This is definitely coming away with us, as it's ideal for the car journey or quiet times. 

The travel sized Connect 4 and Guess Who are both great and just smaller versions of the regular ones. We've played but forgot the photo's! There lots of competitiveness in this house that's for sure! 

I'm delighted House of Fraser gifted these games to us for this post, meaning we now have a great selection to take away with us. They do a far great range of toys which you can see here!
Which is your favourite family board game? 

We're going on an adventure

30/07/2015

June Degustabox

Our June Degustabox arrived and has not disappointed. Full of scummy picnic food, we were keen to see what was inside as we planned a picnic for the next Saturday! Here's a quick look at what we got.
  1. Product of the month. Rekorderlig....Strawberry Lime Cider, available in packs of four at £1.49 a bottle.
  2. Love Chin Chin £1 a pack. A sweet snack popular in West Africa.
  3. Coconom Organic Coconut Sugar. Completely natural alternative to sugar. £3.25 a pack.
  4. Icycl. Delicious frozen Vodka icepops. £2.50 each.
  5. Melba Thins. Multigrain, now available in Tesco! £1.39 a box.
  6. Zeo Lightly Carbonated soft drinks. £1.29.
  7. Brioche Pasquier Pitch Chocolate 6 pack and Chocolate Chip 4 pack. £1.70
  8. Kallo Wholegrain Rice and Corn Cakes. £1.69 for the rice cake thins and 70p for the snacks.
  9. Vybe Juice. 100% Natural Coconut Water. £1.89.
 
We love the Pitch brioche, especially the monkeys! The Melba Thins were popular with them too and hubby has devoured the Kallo rice cake thins! He quickly drank the Zeo drinks too! I'm loving the recipe for Triple Chocolate Flourless Brownies sent in our box and am really wanting to try them with the coconut sugar. 

You can use the code P9609 to get £3 off the registration cost when signing up to Degustabox. 
 

29/07/2015

Thinking further about making more home improvements!

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As I've previously mentioned we are thinking of making more home improvements instead of moving and will need to think about how we are going to fund those improvements! However we do that, we are certain it will work out cheaper than the cost of moving house.

According to a 2014 survey by Lloyds Bank*, 40 per cent of people undertake renovations to improve the look of their home, while 33 per cent do it to add value. In all honesty we shall be doing it for both of those reasons!  

Our first port of call will no doubt be our mortgage provider which of course will mean credit checks and more checks but needs must if we want to go forward with our plans.

It won't be the first time we've borrowed to make big home improvements. We did so for our loft conversion a few years ago, so we know what to expect.
With more and more people deciding to make home improvements and carrying out DIY we're a nation of people looking for the next project! Some very small and costing just pounds, others much bigger and needing some organisation to get the funds in place if like us you're not able to save as you would like! 

Your own bank is a good starting point and ours often mentions mortgages and/or being eligible for a loan when we go in there for banking! They would always be our first port of call before shopping around and searching elsewhere for a loan or adding more onto the mortgage.

You can learn more about your credit rating and identity fraud when searching for those all important answers to your finances for home improvements.
Keep your fingers crossed we can get this project running! I'll let you know how our plans move forward.

*Data taken from Experian blog.




 

Furchester Hotel Magazine is Launched

Both monkeys love kids magazines, especially little monkey! He loves them all, so was delighted to see there is a new magazine hitting the shelf's right now! The Furchester Hotel Magazine is aimed at children aged 3-6 years (core age is 4 year olds). 
We've been taking a look at this new magazine before it's launch and are looking forward to making the portraits together very soon!
The front cover of the new magazine is bright, colourful and of course fun. It comes with the kit to make your own portraits and the magazine includes 60 monster stickers!
As with other Cbeebies publications it supports the Early Years Curriculum. Priced at Just £2.75 its very reasonably priced. Inside the cover there is space to sign in as a guest of the hotel and draw a picture of yourself! I know little monkey will love this! He'll want to 'take' his cuddly toy dogs too!
Pages to colour and make bright again, this one will most likely been done by big monkey. He is the colouring king of this house! 
Page 16 supports the free gift on the front of the magazine to make your own portraits. They should be fun to do. There are reader offers and this issues is a voucher for 'kids go free' at Sea Life!
Elmo has his own page and this can be cut out to make a poster for any fan.
There are puzzles, two stories and much more. The next issue comes with a free holiday play set. Little monkey loves this magazine and I know he'll love further issues too! Available at all good newsagents and supermarkets now. Enjoy!


28/07/2015

Take the Blunge this Summer! Swimshop Giveaway!

Being able to swim is one of life's essential skills and one we'd like the monkeys to take on board! Big monkey can swim but as yet little monkey can't. We plan on this changing very soon! A recent study found that 57% of children between 7-11 years old cannot swim. In a bid to change this swimshop are running a ‘Save a Life, Learn to Swim’ campaign.
Swimshop, THE place to buy swimming costumes and equipment online are kindly offering my readers the chance to play fun swimming games you can do as a family to increase your child’s confidence in the water. This is in the form of a free PDF download you can access here. 
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They are also offering 3 lucky winners a set of armbands and a float each. Either The Steve Shark Grey Float or The Polly Fish Pink Float and Armbands in either age 1-3 or age 3-12. Vital learn to swim aid I'm sure you'll agree.

Just complete the rafflecopter form below by Midnight 15/8/15 and be sure to follow the T&C's on the form. Open to UK residents only please. Good Luck! 
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27/07/2015

Warm Stripe Fleece Massive Picnic Rug - Review

BeachBug Logo
As you may well remember when little monkey was smaller we reviewed for award winning Buggysnuggle. Sadly of course he no longer uses a buggy and therefore we have no need for a Buggysnuggle footmuff but alas not, Buggysnuggle now do massive picnic rugs! This is great news and most exciting as we have been reviewing one! 
The Buggysnuggle Company became a reality in 1998, since then the company has grown and their brand expanded. They now sell the original Buggysnuggle, hats, dinkysnuggles, babysnuggles, cotton footmuffs, flower wraps and of course the fleece massive picnic rugs.
Massive Picnic Rug
The BeachBug Picnic rug is huge at 3 metres long by 1.45 metres wide. It comes rolled with black waterproof backing and is topped with the warm and soft ever popular fleece. This one pictured is Warm Stripe. There are four more designs - Bright Flower, Stripy Shapes, Bright Bubbles and Sailing Boats. Each has their own built in strap and buckle so that it can be secured tight for carrying!
Warm Stripe Fleece Rug
Waterproof Backed Picnic Rug
Heavy duty but so so soft to lay on, play on, eat on, sunbath on it's fabulous! This photo below shows just how big the rug is......almost the size of the floor space in our lounge!
Massive Picnic Rug
It's made from 100% polyester and measures 300 x 140cm. Can be washed and tumble dried. Washing instructions as below!
30 DEGREE GENTLE MACHINE WASH SEPARATELY DO NOT BLEACH DO NOT IRON DO NOT DRY CLEAN TUMBLE DRY COOL RE-SHAPE WHILST DAMP & DRY FLAT
Family Picnic Rug
We've used it at the park on a family picnic and there was plenty of room for the four of us plus all our food with room to spare. No other picnic blanket will ever match up again to this one!
Fleece Rug
We've not yet had the need to wash it but I have wiped some dried mud off the waterproof backing. The monkeys love it just as much as I do, and have made themselves comfortable on it!
Sunbathing On The Rug
Being short I can lay on it and sunbathe with plenty of room left for the monkeys too. I've been meaning to lay us all down next to each other in a row and take a photo to show just how big it is!
Chips On The Rug
We've taken it to the beach and had chips on it. The monkeys have also used it in the garden to play on, although I think at one point they did attempt to see if they could use it as a magic carpet!
Playing With Toys On The Rug
It's a firm car boot favourite now, where we know we'll have it for any eventuality. I know we'll regret not taking it should it ever be left at home. It's even coming on holiday with us! At £45 it's not cheap but so so worth it. A luxurious blanket that can be used over and over for many a reason. 
There is nothing we don't like about it! I was even tempted to wrap myself in it when the sun went in at the beach. Thanks so much Buggysnuggle.

We're going on an adventure



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